Arts-based mindfulness group work with youth aging out of foster care

Authors:
LOUGHEED Sean C., COHOLIC Diana A.
Journal article citation:
Social Work with Groups, 41(1-2), 2018, pp.165-178.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This article describes the development of a 10-week arts-based mindfulness group programme for youth ageing out of foster care. This unique group programme is briefly described, and examples of creative activities are provided. The use of an arts-based approach was engaging and relevant for the youth given the challenges they displayed such as paying attention and focusing. The authors discuss other convergent facets of the group including its strengths-based approach, social understanding of resilience, and holistic approach to facilitating mindfulness. This article contributes to an emerging field of practice regarding creative and holistic applications of mindfulness with youth who are marginalised. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
arts, mindfulness, groupwork, foster children, young people, care leavers, looked after children, strengths-based approach, art therapy, therapies;
Content type:
practice example
Location(s):
Canada
Link:
Journal home page
DOI:
10.1080/01609513.2016.1258626
ISSN online:
1540-9481
ISSN print:
0160-9513

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